For Heather Doyle Fraser, performing at the Dublin Irish Festival is a chance not only to take the stage and perform but also to spend time in the presence of other musicians.
Doyle Fraser said she appreciates the energy.
"You can just feel it in the air," she said.
Doyle Fraser, along with her sister, Stephanie Doyle Gamber; her mother, Hilda Doyle; and family friend Elizabeth Blickenstaff, will perform as the Ladies of Longford during the three-day festival, which begins Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 5 in Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway in Dublin.
The Ladies of Longford will play at the festival, along with more than 600 performers, bands, dancers and entertainers on seven stages.
The city typically receives more than 100 submissions each year from entertainers throughout the world who want to play, said Alison LeRoy, director of Dublin's division of community events.
The city looks at past favorites, as well, she said.
An annual city survey records attendees' favorite bands and is considered, too, said Mary Jo DiSalvo, a Dublin events administrator.
This year, returning favorites include the Willis Clan and We Banjo 3, DiSalvo said. The former features a large family of children who sing and dance, and the latter should appeal to all ages, she said.
David Howley, who plays a variety of string instruments and is lead singer for We Banjo 3, said the Dublin Irish Festival is one of the first larger festivals the band from Galway, Ireland, played and feels somewhat like a hometown gig.
The performance will feature new songs from the band's latest album, "Haven," which is scheduled for release Friday, July 27, Howley said.
Irish music is a powerful, energetic form of music, and its beauty lies in its simplicity, he said.
Enjoying it doesn't require a familiarity with the genre, he said, but rather abandoning one's inhibitions.
The festival stages also will feature a few newcomers.
Those include Doolin', a traditional Celtic music band hailing from France, and two bands from Canada, the Stanfields and the Town Pants.
Jiggy, another band new to the festival, will combine Indian rhythms, hip-hop and electronica, said LeRoy, who saw Jiggy perform in January in Ireland.
"It's different, but it still has that Celtic flair to it," she said.
The Dublin Irish Festival was founded in 1988. It typically draws more than 100,000 people. In addition to music and dance, the festival also features cultural and children's activities and market vendors.
The festival is scheduled for 4 p.m. to midnight Aug. 3, 11 a.m. to midnight Aug. 4 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 5. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 5 for Sunday services and breakfast, with free admission before 11 a.m. with the donation of a nonperishable food item for the Dublin Food Pantry.
Complimentary public parking is available near the park.
One-day tickets can be purchased online for $10 or for $15 after Aug. 2. A three-day ticket is $25. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Tickets for those 60 years old and older, military members or students with valid identification are $12 after Aug. 2.
For more information, go to www.dublinirishfestival.org.